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    I will be running Split Step Fourier Method simulations of optical pulses propagating through fiber.
    Also I will be writing my thesis. Not primarily on the laptop, I have a desktop that most of the work will be done on.
    I want a laptop that I can take with me without being too heavy but that can also handle some of the simulations.
    11-25-2014 11:12 AM
  2. rory753's Avatar
    I think both are good laptops, and pretty even when looking at performance. both have the same capability with processer, and ram. If you are close to a Microsoft store, I would side on the surface pro 3, since you would get really good support. when I have my Dell venue 8 pro, I had to send it to them and was without a machine for a period of time. if you have an issue with the surface pro, and you bought it from one of the MS stores, I couldn't see you being down for anymore then a day. Also, they are having some great black Friday deals coming up...
    11-25-2014 12:57 PM
  3. stephen_az's Avatar
    I will be running Split Step Fourier Method simulations of optical pulses propagating through fiber.
    Also I will be writing my thesis. Not primarily on the laptop, I have a desktop that most of the work will be done on.
    I want a laptop that I can take with me without being too heavy but that can also handle some of the simulations.
    Given I believe MATLAB is pretty resource intensive at times, I would suggest the XPS 13. It may not be a convertible but it is also not very heavy and does offer more room (and fan support) for the processor to cool when under full load. My only hesitation is the fact that the product has Dell in the name. Every Dell I have used, setup, etc., in the past few years has suffered from significant quality control defects and working with Dell support has always been (at best) annoying. Surface support, which I have also used, takes minutes rather than hours, and the people have all spoken English as their first language....
    11-25-2014 01:02 PM
  4. Kebero's Avatar
    The IT firm I work for has received only one complaint about the Pro 3, and it is a consistent one: The resolution is too high for the screen size when dealing with non-MS applications.
    11-25-2014 01:03 PM

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